While the Philadelphia Sixers open for their first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, the team is using the days ahead to prepare for what could be a long series.

The Sixers were without one of their key pieces off-the-bench, Georges Niang, for the final few games of the regular season to give his knee some rest and get ready for the playoffs.

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Niang used the final two games of the season to to rest up, but says he is ready to go for Saturday's Game 1 with Toronto.

Niang made it clear that if the past two games were playoff games that he would have been able to play.

The Sixers main man off the bench averaged 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and shot 40.3% from 3-point range in 22.8 minutes and 76 regular season games this season.

the Sixers will need some help fro their bench, with Niang and Shake Milton, the two top scoring options. The backup center minutes could go to either DeAndre Jordan or Paul Reed with Matisee Thybulle likely to move to a reserve role with Philadelphia.

Overall, in four playoffs series, Niang has averaged 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and connected on 34% of this three-point shots while playing for the Utah Jazz.

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